Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Strawberry Sorbet

Sorry not a recipe... but my new blog design.

I am in the process of switching to the Strawberry Sorbet blog template from Beautiful Dawn Designs. It is a work in progress... there are still a few bugs... so some of the features may not work properly... please be patient.

I hope you enjoy the new cheery design!



Saturday, January 28, 2012

Green Tea Cookies

Modified from Just One Cookbook, makes 2 dozen cookies

2 cups flour or almond flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 tablespoon matcha powder
1 to 2 tablespoons applesauce

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, butter and matcha. Mix to form a crumbly consistency. Add the applesauce a little bit at a time until a soft dough is formed. Divide the dough into small balls, about 1 tablespoon each. Place the balls on to a cookie sheet lined with Silpat. Place the cookie sheets into the refrigerator for 1 hour or the freezer for about 30 minutes. 

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 375 F. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Serves four

1 pound brussels sprouts
1 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut off the brown ends of the brussels sprouts and remove any discoloured leaves. If the brussel sprouts are larger, cut them in half lengthwise. Coat the brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Serve warm.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

A-B-C Juice

We have been putting our juicer to good work and have developed quite a repertoire of recipes.

Makes 2 cups

2 apples
3 carrots
1 beet

Remove stems and cut down as required to fit into the juicer. Process according to manufacturer's instructions.

Serve cold.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Vanilla Ice Cream

We decided to test out the new ice cream maker with a good classic vanilla ice cream. This recipe is so simple and rich (and free of preservatives and chemicals), I don't think we will ever eat store-bought ice cream again.

From David Lebovitz, makes approximately 1litre

1 cup whole milk
Pinch salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
2 cups heavy cream
7 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, salt and sugar. Split the vanilla bean in half and scape out the seeds. Add both the seeds and the pod to the milk mixture. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place a large bowl over an ice bath. Pour the cream into the bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Pour some of the warm milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly. Transfer the yolks into the sauce pan and stir to combine with the remaining milk. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens to form a custard that will coat the back of a spatula. Stir constantly, making sure to scrap the bottom of the saucepan.

Add the custard to the heavy cream. Stir over ice until combined. Add the vanilla extract.

Refrigerate until chilled thoroughly or overnight.

Remove the vanilla bean pod and transfer the custard to the ice cream maker. Freeze mixture according to ice cream maker instructions.



Monday, January 16, 2012

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

I am normally not a fan of strawberry ice cream because most don't really contain strawberries. This recipe is almost entirely strawberries and it is heavenly.

From David Lebowitz, makes 1 litre

1 pound strawberries, fresh or frozen and defrosted
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Toss the strawberries in a bowl with the sugar. Let stand for one or two hours, stirring periodically.

Transfer the strawberries and any juice to a blender. Add the yogurt and lemon juice. Blend until the mixture is smooth. If desired, pass the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any seeds.

Transfer the strawberry mixture to the ice cream maker. Freeze mixture according to ice cream maker instructions.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Eating Local: Spragg's Meat Shop

Today we picked up our meat order from Spragg's Meat Shop. We have previously ordered a side of pork from them and I am quite excited to have a freezer full of their delicious pork once again.

Spragg Meat Shop has a farm located in Rosemary, Alberta 170 km east of Calgary - just barely over 100 miles. Although their meat is not certified organic, the pigs are pasture raised, fed a vegetarian diet of barley and  faba beans grown on their own property and not fed unnecessary hormones or antibiotics.

We once again ordered a side of pork which includes picnic hams, chops, bacon, breakfast sausages and roasts. This time we also ordered chicken breasts, chicken thighs, and ground chicken. Since Dave wants to start experimenting with making his own sausage we also ordered sausage casings, pork fat, pork organs and pork shoulder butt.

Now the fun part... trying to fit it all into the freezer!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Curry Vegetable Ragout

Adapted from Eats Well With Others, serves four

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped

1 small squash, peeled and cubed
3 green peppers, chopped
1 stalk lemongrass, coarsely chopped and pounded
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 15 ounce can coconut milk
1  can corn, drained
1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Heat the olive oil over in a large wok over medium heat.  Add the onion, squash, carrot, lemongrass and ginger.  Saute until slightly softened, about five minutes.

Add the curry powder and saute until fragrant. Pour in the coconut milk.  Add the chickpeas and corn. Continue cooking until heated through.

Garnish with cilantro.


Monday, January 9, 2012

Twice Baked Squash

Adapted from Martha Stewart, serves four

1large butternut squash
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons paprika
6 fresh chives, finely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs, lightly toasted

Preheat oven to 450 F. 

Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and fibbers with a spoon. Sprinkle squash halves with salt and pepper. 

Fill a roasting pan with 1/4 inch of water. Place the squash halves into the pan. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake on the centre rack 35 to 45 minutes or until the squash is tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Use a spoon to remove the flesh out of one squash half and transfer into a large bowl. Use a spoon to hollow out enough flesh from the second squash half to leave a 1/2 inch border all around and transfer the flesh into the bowl. 

To the bowl, add the sour cream, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix with a handheld electric mixer or potato masher until smooth and well combined. Add half of the cheese and the chives, stir to combine. Fill 
the hollowed out squash with the mixture. Sprinkle tops with cheese and breadcrumbs. 

Return the squash to the pan. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and warm throughout.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

New in the Kitchen

This past year we must have been a good girl and boy because Santa brought us lots of new toys for the kitchen.

Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker

This has been on my wish list forever. I have a long list of ice cream and sorbet recipes ready to put this to good use. We have already done an inaugural test with a classic vanilla recipe.

Kitchenaid Grainmill

This has been on Dave's wish list forever. Even though we have been trying to avoid eating bread lately, now at least when we do give into temptation it can be with home-made bread from home-milled flour. He is also hoping it will come in handy for his home-brewing experiments.

Jack Lalane Juicer

Although we generally try to avoid buying small appliances with a single purpose to avoid clutter in the kitchen, we couldn't find any acceptable alternates to a juicer and we both really wanted one. We have already put it to good use making carrot-apple-ginger juice for breakfast most mornings this week.

Silpat Silbread

I have long been a fan of Silpat liners when baking cookies and can't wait to try out the bread version. The perfect compliment to our grainmill!

Crockpot Slowcooker

My slowcooker died a couple of months ago and I have been desperately missing it. I can't wait to put my shiny new red one to use.

Making it Paleo, Bill Staley and Hayley Mason

I have followed their Food Lovers - Primal Palate blog for a long time and was quite excited when Dave got me their new cookbook to add to my collection. I have already tried several of the recipes and am quite impressed with how simple and tasty they make eating paleo. 

I can't wait to play with all of our new toys and post the recipes to share!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Baked Lemon Pasta

Adapted from The Pioneer Women, serves 6

1 pound spaghettini
4 tablespoons butter 
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 whole lemon, juiced and zested
2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Parsley, finely chopped
Lemon wedges

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Cook the spaghettini according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain well and set aside.

In a skillet over low heat, melt butter and olive oil. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into the pan. Remove from heat. Add the sour cream, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Stir until combined.

Combine the sour cream mixture, parmesan cheese and spagettini in an oven safe dish. Bake covered for 15 minutes. Bake an additional 7 to 10 minutes uncovered. Do not let the pasta dry out or burn.

Remove the pasta from the oven and add the additional lemon juice. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley and lemon wedges.

Serve hot.

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